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Friday Habs Headlines: Tyler Toffoli — “To win a Cup. That’s why I came here.”

In today’s links, Tyler Toffoli is making himself an A-list star in Montreal, Habs past and present talk about facing the Maple Leafs, and remembering Derek Boogaard 10 years later.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • “So again, was I born to be a Hab? Nah, probably not. But am I meant to be one? You’re damn right I am.” —Tyler Toffoli. [The Players’ Tribute]
  • “I think we just had a little more talent than them.” Steve Shutt talks about 1979 and the last time the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens met in the postseason. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Habs head into their first round matchup as large underdogs. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Cole Caufield and Jesperi Kotkaniemi need to play in the postseason. [CTV News]
  • Newly signed Rafaël Harvey-Pinard vows to arrive ready for training camp. [La Presse]
  • Harvey-Pinard models his game after Brendan Gallagher. [RDS]
  • Dominique Ducharme says that this difficult season forced him to grow. [The Athletic]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Derek Boogaard’s family opens up on the tenth anniversary of his death. [The Athletic]
  • The story of Sid and Geno, through 15 years and three Stanley Cups. [The Athletic]
  • Troy Ryan will coach the Canadian national women’s hockey team at the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022. [TSN]
  • Tyson Barrie and Nolan Patrick surface as names possibly seeking new environs this offseason. [TSN]
  • The OHL announces plans for a 68-game regular season commencing October 7. [Sportsnet]
  • Playoff power rankings as we head into round one. [Sportsnet]
  • Jim Hughson, who has opted not to travel this year due to the pandemic, will not be calling any playoff games for Sportsnet. [Daily Hive]